Monday, January 24, 2005

Welcome To My Winter Garden






23 Comments:

Blogger گیلدا said...

this is beautiful! did you take the picture yourself?

1/24/2005 8:18 PM  
Blogger David said...

Thanks Asemoon, I'm glad that you like them. :) Yes, I did take them myself.

1/24/2005 11:02 PM  
Blogger Ameer H. said...

Hi! Nice pictures. I'm still alive, and ready to try something new. Something that can make me smile. :)

1/25/2005 2:07 AM  
Blogger David said...

Well hello Ameer, long time no hear from! I'm glad you are still alive and ready to smile. :) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see some new posts from you soon!

1/25/2005 1:01 PM  
Blogger Koozeh Banoo said...

David, These pictures are awesome. I love them. Great composition. It is a great surprise indeed. Keep up with the food work!

1/25/2005 2:23 PM  
Blogger Sima said...

David,
The pictures are dazzlingly beautiful. They are almost miniature-like and have that calming blue that one can find in some Persian miniature paintings. Here, in Berkeley, there's no snow... but the green has its own beauty.
Enjoy your garden and thanks for inviting me to see its brilliance.
Sima

1/25/2005 3:05 PM  
Blogger David said...

Koozeh khanoom, I am really happy that you like my pictures. As you know, I think that you are a very talented photographer, so your positive comment means a lot to me. :)

Sima, thank you for visiting my little garden and for your very kind comment. The pictures are miniatures, in a way. They are extreme closeups of tiny ice crystal formations. I thought it was amazing the way that the crystals formed such intricate patterns, almost like leaves or flowers. Btw, I love green gardens, too. :)

1/26/2005 12:57 AM  
Blogger Pantea said...

you should be proud of your self for these. I was wondering what has helped these crystals form so beautifully? Where is this glass?

1/26/2005 10:24 AM  
Blogger David said...

Pantea, I am rather pleased with the way that the pictures turned out. :) I wonder what helps the crystals form, too. I think perhaps that there are microscopic features on the surface of the glass that help to direct the crystals formation, but that is just a guess. This glass is a window pane in the house where I live. In the second picture, you can see the blurred outline of a house across the street. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. :)

1/26/2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jamak said...

What a nice suprise David. Although the prospects of ice formations leave a chilling sensation in my bones, but these are really cool. I originally thought that they were intricate ice carvings until you mentioned otherwise.

1/26/2005 4:30 PM  
Blogger Ehsan said...

David, you have done a great job with these macro shots. Very interesting.

1/26/2005 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, do you have winter where you live?

1/26/2005 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D'oh. the last comment was mine.

WhoMan

1/26/2005 7:49 PM  
Blogger David said...

Jamak, if I could carve ice like that, I think that my services would be highly in demand! :) Well, I think that mother nature is still the best sculpter of all. I'm glad that you liked the pictures. :)

Thanks Ehsan. Well, so far no one has asked how I did the macro shots. Koozeh may remember that I told her about my reversing ring. It is a very simple and cheap way to do macrophotography. The ring (which costs about $10), allows the photographer to mount a camera lens backwards. My backwards lens was less than two inches from the window glass when I took the pictures.

WhoMan, I live in Indiana. We definitely have winter here! The outdoor temperature was somewhere between 0 and 10 degrees F when I took those pictures. Cold enough to freeze a cow man! :)

1/26/2005 11:13 PM  
Blogger Jamak said...

Well then maybe you should have your services up for sale, ice carving ones,I mean.

Just as an FYI, the days of ice carvings by the Buffet table are quite over and there are hotels which are being carved out of ice nowadays. The intricate work on ice is quite common if you ever get a chance to attend ice carving competitions.

1/27/2005 9:58 AM  
Blogger Ehsan said...

David, thanks for the info. I read about using a reverse ring a while ago. It seems like a great method. I am guessing that you have an SLR camera. Would you mind telling me exactly what camera/lenses you used for this?

1/27/2005 12:07 PM  
Blogger David said...

Jamak, I am very good at building functional structures, but I am no sculpter. I watched a program recently about ice carving. You are certainly right, it has moved well beyond simple table decorations.

Ehsan, you are right, my camera is an SLR. It is a fully manual Nikon FM film camera that I have had for many years. The lens that I used with the reversing ring is a 50 mm lens. The reversing ring works quite well for a basicly two dimensional subject, such as these ice crystals. However, it allows for very limited depth of field (range of distance from lens that is in focus). If you want to shoot macros with a lot of depth, you will probably get much better results with a macro lens. However, the ring is a very economical way to get started with macrophotography.

1/28/2005 1:28 AM  
Blogger Another Vision said...

Thats what I call secrets of nature, catch these secrets needs a skillfull eye and hands
Dariush

1/31/2005 3:57 PM  
Blogger David said...

Thanks for the compliment, Dariush. :) Well, mostly the credit should go to my trusty old camera and just plain good luck. I have looked at the same window many times when it is covered with ice crystals, but very seldom do they look this beautiful!

2/02/2005 12:15 AM  
Blogger H.N.K said...

good luck david...keep bloging and posting and writing a massege...."and cooking pizza too ;)

2/04/2005 2:53 PM  
Blogger Khodadad said...

Beautiful pics David. BTW, I am writing a little thing with a reference to your previous post. Enjoy the winter pal!

2/06/2005 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. Love your pictures! Are you related to Abdullah Khodadad? If so, he is my "uncle", and was married to Dr. Ethelyn, who delivered me and my three siblings. Would love to hear how "Uncle Abdi" is doing...

Nancy

2/12/2005 3:34 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hello Nancy,
I am glad that you enjoyed my pictures. :) The Khodadad who wrote the comment above is a friend of mine, and that is his first name.

2/13/2005 3:30 PM  

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